Nephrolepis exaltata 'Fluffy Ruffles' is one of the many mutant forms of Nephrolepis exaltata. The plants have a compact habit that forms dense clumps with narrowly triangular fronds having a ruffled appearance. Individual fronds are up 12 inches (30 cm) long by 4 inches (10 cm) wide. They are attractive ferns and are very tolerant of indoor conditions.
Culture: Nephrolepis exaltata 'Fluffy Ruffles' need partial shade to bright indirect light with a well-drained soil mix. In the greenhouse, we use a soil mix consisting of 2 parts peat moss to 1 part loam to 1 part sand or perlite. Although they are somewhat drought tolerant we keep these plants moist for optimum growth. Plants are fertilized on a weekly basis during the growing season with a balanced fertilizer diluted to ½ the strength recommended on the label. They are very vigorous growers and should be re-potted on a yearly basis. During winter months, water should be somewhat restricted and fertilizer applications should be stopped.
Propagation: Nephrolepis exaltata 'Fluffy Ruffles' is a sterile mutant and all propagation is by stolons or division in the spring.
Nephrolepis exaltata 'Fluffy Ruffles' was featured as Plant of the Week August 29-September 4, 2003.
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